Fonda Fair still focused on agriculture

ce-mr-5-fonda-fair405by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Montgomery County Agriculture Society Fonda Fair celebrated its 175th anniversary with this year’s event.

“Fonda Fair has increased it agricultural focus,” said Elma Phillips, of Dellavale Farm, where four generations have been dairying. “Some people are going into the niche markets with smaller animals; goats, sheep, pigs, and showing in those events.” [Read more…]

Nothing but forage

cm-mr-54-2-sandy-springs-dairy-9622by Sally Colby

Dairy farmers who have adopted grazing as part of a feeding system know that grazing isn’t a simple matter of opening a gate to a pasture. Grazing that’s part of a feed program takes a lot of planning and effort throughout the year to maintain successful production. [Read more…]

State Agriculture Commissioner tour farms impacted by drought

ce-mr-44-3-drought-in-jefferson-1cState Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball on Sept. 6 joined Senator Pattie Ritchie, other state leaders, Farm Bureau President Dean Norton, members of the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (USDA FSA), and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County to tour several farms in Jefferson and Oswego Counties impacted by this summer’s drought. The group visited three dairy farms and a Christmas tree farm to assess the drought damage in the region and better understand the outlook and plan for recovery. [Read more…]

Jones Family Farm

ce-mr-1-jones-family-farm1947by Daniel Baldwin

Peter, Suzie and the rest of the Jones family used to live in Massachusetts. But Peter and Suzie wanted to move to the country and become farmers.

“We wanted to get back to farming,” Suzie said. “It skipped a generation for both of us. My parents didn’t farm, his parents didn’t farm, but our grandparents did. It’s something we both felt the need to go back to.” [Read more…]

Agritourism ~ Can you get a five-star rating with your business?

cn-mr-agritourism-cs-copyby Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Autumn is the time of year many farms and orchards open their doors for farm tours, pick your own apples and pumpkins, farm days and other events.

A recent webinar provided by the University of California Small Farm Program in partnership with FarmsReach featured speakers Scottie Jones, Director of the U.S. Farm Stay Association, and Meghan Bishop-Sanderson of Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm, advising producers on how to get that coveted five-star rating. [Read more…]